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"If it is not born of Experience, the mother of all Knowledge, all science is vain and full of errors" -- Leonardo Da Vinci.


At the Ecole des Malletiers (EdM) students attend practice-based courses in the malletier artisan craftsmanship. The experience development goal remains at the forefront of our educational approach. Many learning objectives are achieved by means of hands-on workshops offered at the beginner's, intermediate, and advanced levels. 


The physical environment also comes into play. Somewhat reminiscent of ancient times the school's main atelier is housed in an 18th century mansion that has a rich history. As a matter of fact around the world only few organisations active in the luggage, travel, hotel, fashion, luxury, or related sectors have their headquarters in a village in the countryside: ours is based in a hamlet, at the heart of a forestry area in the Ardennes area of Belgium.


Historical heritage matters a lot. At EdM we value that requirement in an all-encompassing manner, while integrating the present-day concept of sustainability. For example, in the preservation or restoration of an antique travel trunk there is no need for 'loads' of energy, raw materials, or chemicals that otherwise deplete or pollute our planet or generate excessive waste, CO2, or other pollutants.


In the malletier profession a very long time had lapsed since the last specialist training schools and companionship guilds disappeared in Europe. Fortunately, and while relying on his unique educational entrepreneurship skills, a Belgian master-malletier initiated, in our 21st century, the Ecole des Malletiers projects in Belgium and in France. A form of evolution, revolution, and renaissance simultaneously, anchored in the notion of Respect for historical, intangible, and living heritage... > more



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